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Evening Update 31 July

Heatwave - The south of France is experiencing an official heatwave with week, with temperatures set to approach almost 40d across both the Alpes Maritimes and Var, and nighttime temperatures not dipping below 26. Meteó France say Marseilles will bear the brunt of the weather which is due to last for at least the next 48 hours.

People are advised to close shutters and windows during day, drink lots of water and check on elderly neighbours. For those without air-condition are advised to make use of air-conditioned supermarkets, shopping centres and cinemas.

Moulins - It was a second tense night in Moulins, west of Nice, last night. The city sent a strong security force to the area, following attacks on police who were arresting a thief late on Sunday. The police say the arrest ended, when the thief crashed his motorbike into a tree, whereas locals say he was run over by a police car. There was some provocation of police by locals last night but no direct violence.

Meanwhile, in the Pasteur district, a man was badly stabbed during a fight on Rue Joseph Gazan. The incident occurred just two weeks after the death of a man in the same area.

Accident - Three people, including one child, had a miraculous escape from a car accident, which closed the D43 for a time today. It happened when the driver lost control of the car between Brignoles & Toulon causing the car tumble and end up on its roof in a ditch. All three victims are recovering at hospital in Brignoles.

BUSINESS

The Bank of England is predicted to surprise market players, with a stronger rise in rates next year. The bank, which is due to meet on Thursday, is expected to increase rates despite concerns over Brexit deepening.

Reports say the US and China are seeking to restart talks to avert a trade war, with representatives of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu talking privately. The Dow Jones has risen 80 points on the news which has not been confirmed by the US Department of the Treasury.

SPORT

Football - Tottenham’s manager says he does not know if the club will sign any players before the transfer window closes on August 9th. Spurs have yet to add anyone to their squad this summer, despite saying the club had to take risks to improve at the end of last season.

Formula 1 - Renault’s Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell is to step down, to a part-time advisory role. The 60-year-old Northern Irishman's current role, ensuring effective links between the British and French arms of the team, will not be filled. The move comes three months after Frenchman Marcin Bud.kowski started work as Executive Director of the team.

Rugby - Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has extended his contract until 2021, after securing nine victories in 14 Test matches, since he joined last year. Townsend said it was a privilege to coach such a hardworking group of quality players.

Tennis - Britain's Andy Murray beat Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5 in the first round of the Washington Open. It was only his fourth match following hip surgery in January. He will now play fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round.

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